Tuesday, April 17, 2007

laws are for thee, not for me, serf.

A few days ago, New Jersey governor Corzine was on his way to moderate the "reconciliation meeting" between Don Imus and the Rutgers basketball team, when his vehicle was involved in a crash. The governor sustained critical injuries in the accident.

Now it turns out that Corzine wasn't wearing a seatbelt, and that his State Police-piloted SUV was traveling at a speed of 90+ miles per hour on a stretch of NJ parkway restricted to 65 miles per hour.

Anyone who's ever traveled through New Jersey by car knows that the "Garden State" motto on the license plates ought to be changed to "Toll Booth State", and that NJ state troopers are quite thorough about enforcing speed limits and other traffic rules. Apparently, these rules only apply to the tax-paying serfs.

Then again, New Jersey's police agencies also get to load their firearms with hollowpoint ammunition (something that's a dreadful offense for a regular citizen, even if civilian carry permits in NJ are about as common as tee-totaling virgins in Cancun at spring break time), and they get to ride around with rifles in their trunk which are equally illegal for mere commoners. What's a speed limit and a seat belt law in comparison?

No comments:

Post a Comment